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Ltrcoe-08: School Safety and Violence Prevention

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

July 1, 2008

Dear County Superintendents of Schools, Auditors, and Treasurers:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR THE CARL WASHINGTON
SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT PROGRAM
GRADES EIGHT THROUGH TWELVE
FISCAL YEAR 2008-09
(AMOUNTS DEFERRED FROM FISCAL YEAR 2007-08)

This apportionment, in the amount of $1,000,000, is made to county offices of education from funds provided by Section 38(a)(9) of Senate Bill 80 (Chapter 174, Statutes of 2007). These funds, deferred from 2007-08 to 2008-09, are to be expended consistent with the requirements specified in Schedule (1) of Item 6110-228-0001 of the Budget Act of 2007 (Chapter 171, Statutes of 2007) which provides support for the Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act Program, established pursuant to the California Education Code (EC), commencing with Section 32228.

Funds are allocated to county offices of education for one or more of the following purposes as specified in EC Section 32228.1(b): hiring personnel trained in conflict resolution; providing on-campus communication devices and other school safety infrastructure needs; establishing staff training programs to address needs of at-risk pupils; establishing cooperative arrangements with law enforcement agencies; preventing and responding to acts of hate violence and bias related incidents; and other purposes that the school or county office determines would materially contribute to providing safe schools and preventing pupil violence.

The 2007-08 program entitlements for county offices of education were calculated to provide an equal dollar amount of funding for each pupil in grades eight through twelve using the October 2006 California Basic Educational Data System enrollment counts, with a minimum allocation of $5,000 per school site or $10,000 per county office of education, whichever is greater.

Provisional language in Item 6110-228-0001 of the Budget Act of 2007 specified that $1 million of the $38.7 million in funds deferred from 2007-08 to 2008-09 is to be made available for county entitlements. The $1 million is sufficient to fund 89.28 percent of the entitlement for each county office and reflects the full amount of funding that county offices will receive. Payment is being released to county offices of education that indicated on the 2007-08 Consolidated Application Part I their intent to participate in the School Safety and Violence Prevention program.

The Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act Program is included in the charter school block grant funding model pursuant to EC Section 47633 et seq. Therefore, charter schools that are participating in the funding model will receive their funding for this program as part of the categorical component of the charter school block grant, which is allocated as part of the principal apportionment. Charter schools that are not participating in the charter school block grant funding model will receive their funding for this program through their chartering agency.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately four weeks from the date of this Notice. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 6405, School Safety & Violence Prevention, Grades 8-12, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue.

To view the schedule for this apportionment showing, by county, the payment to each LEA, please visit the CDE Categorical Programs Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/ca/ssvpp.asp.

If you have any questions regarding the program or use of funds, please contact Kelli Omoto-Lee, Program Analyst, Safe and Healthy Kids Program Office, at 916-319-0195 or by e-mail at komoto@cde.ca.gov. If you have questions regarding this apportionment, please contact Nancy Cook, Fiscal Analyst, Categorical Programs Unit, at 916-324-4549 or by e-mail at ncook@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding contact information is no longer valid and has been replaced by Janet Finley, Fiscal Consultant, Categorical Allocations & Management Assistance Unit, by phone at 916-323-5091 or by e-mail at jfinley@cde.ca.gov.]

Sincerely,

Susan Lange, Deputy Superintendent
Finance, Technology, and Administration Branch

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